What Is a Vaginal Cyst?
In general, a cyst is a closed pocket or pouch of tissue that is filled with air, fluid, or other material. More specifically, a vaginal cyst is a closed sac located on or under the vaginal wall or lining. Several different types of vaginal cysts exist including inclusion cysts, Bartholin’s gland cysts, Gartner’s duct cysts, and Mullerian cysts. No matter what type of cyst is present, though, the symptoms and causes are typically similar.
Typically, vaginal cysts do not cause symptoms; however, a small soft lump may be felt in the vaginal wall or distended from the vagina. Most cysts range in size from about the diameter of a pea to that of an orange. In some cases, women may experience discomfort during intercourse or when inserting a tampon.
The typical cause of vaginal cysts is a gland or duct that has become clogged and causes liquid and other matter to collect inside. The specific cause, however, depends on the type of cyst. Inclusion cysts form as a result of trauma such as an episiotomy during childbirth. Other cysts are caused by the collection of bacteria or other organic matter.
Natural Treatment and Home Remedies for Vaginal Cysts
Many cysts respond well to natural and homeopathic treatment options. One of the most effective methods involves applying apple cider vinegar directly to the affected area daily for several days in a row – most individuals see results within 4 to 5 days. Additional options include turmeric, garlic and sepia taken orally in the form of a capsule. These natural supplement options typically offer results within 1 to 2 weeks as well and can be used to prevent development of additional cysts. Continue reading below for more tips from Earth Clinic readers.